Volunteer With Us

People choose to volunteer for many different reasons. For some, it provides an opportunity to develop new skills & knowledge or build confidence to which we run programmes such as the Freedom and Dignity projects to support people in these areas.

For others, it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. If you are interested in making a difference to the lives of others, we have the following volunteering opportunities to choose from:

Please note our volunteering opportunities are open to applicants over the age of 18.

Process Mapping Engineers 

Process mapping is a workflow diagram which creates a clearer understanding of a process or series of parallel processes. Mapping processes will help us look for opportunities for improvement by visualising how the whole process currently works and identifying points of inefficiency. It can capture the reality of a process and identify duplication, variation, and unnecessary steps. It also sparks good ideas and helps a team to know where to start to make improvements that will have the biggest impact for all who follow the process.        

We are looking for people who can support in identifying improvements within various areas of the charity and who is able to create process maps within MS Visio (full training will be given). The successful candidate/s will need to have strong communication skills, be able to suggest improvements alongside our staff and volunteers and have an eye for detail. Ideally, the successful candidate/s will be able to commit to at least 12 hours a week for at least 6 months. 

Soup Run Volunteers

Each and every Friday evening between 7-9pm, we invite guests into our Ancoats base where we serve them with a hot and nutritious meal. Typically we serve up to 70 people who live on the streets, in hostels, temporary accommodation or who are simply struggling to survive in their current situations.  

From the Soup Run we are able to signpost to Mustard Tree premises during the week to receive blankets and warm clothes, or to other organisations for advice and support.  Whilst the provision of food and drink is essential, the Soup Runs also offer an opportunity to listen to and befriend those who attend.  

For volunteers who help on the soup runs, it is also a chance for them to express care and support in a practical way to people who often feel marginalised and unappreciated. Many of our soup run clients struggle with mental health issues, addictions or simply loneliness. Mustard Tree is a Manchester City Council approved ‘Street Support Provider’.  

If you would like to apply for either of these two roles, please complete a volunteer application form and send it to volunteering@mustardtree.co.uk. Once we receive your form, we will be in touch to discuss your application in more detail.

Skills Mentors

We are looking for skills mentors to work directly with our clients. Skills focus on employability and supporting volunteers who are actively seeking work. They don’t meet with the same mentee each session, but work with a variety of our volunteers, mainly around our Ready for Work club. For more information on becoming a skills mentor, please email johnny@mustardtree.co.uk

Volunteer Mentors

Mentors work one-to-one with our Freedom Project volunteers, providing ongoing support, guidance and encouragement as they work towards their self-set goals. 

If you would like to become a volunteer mentor, please contact jez@mustardtree.co.uk for further information and an application form